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's kurt gregory has more. >> reporter: released in the small community of midland city, alabama, following the dramatic rescue of a 5-year-old held captive for seven days in an underground bunker. wait that a tightly knit community had been anxious to hear. >> at approximately 3:12 this afternoon, fbi agents safely recovered the child who's been held hostage for nearly a week. >> reporter: police say the boy has been held captive by 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes after dykes boarded a school bus last week, shot and killed the bus driver. fbi said negotiations with dykes deteriorated within the last 24 hours and that dykes was observed holding a gun. >> at this point, fbi agents fearing the child was in imminent danger, entered the bunker and rescued the child. >> reporter: nbc news has learned a diversionary device was used and that the hostage rescue team entered in a door at the top of the bunker. >> by grace of god, he's okay. that was the mission of every man and woman on this compound. >> reporter: the horrific ordeal now over for the 5-year-old. his parents and his community. kurt grego
in a popular kansas city shopping district. now the search for possible fate fatalities begins. >>> shocking allegations on cyberattacks coming not only from china but the chinese military. how the obama administration plans to strike back. >>> plus, joe biden's assault weapon alternative. president obama golfing with tiger woods. and a sea otter that's got game. "early today" starts now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for wednesday, february 20th, 2013. >>> good morning, i'm mara schiavocampo. cadaver dogs are being sent into kansas city to search for possible victims this morning after a blast leveled a section of the city's shopping district. local officials say a gas explosion around 6:00 p.m. caused a massive fire at the popular jj's restaurant. witnesses say the blast came out of nowhere. as of yet no confirmed fatalities. officials express concern to find those who are missing. >> a guy came in, and said we're supposed to evacuate. next thing i knew, boom, everything just exploded. the scariest thing i've ever witnessed, ever been through in my life. >> it was just next to it. pe
is in kansas city where the storm has already led to the cancellation of a popular golf tournament. >> reporter: this morning, the midwest is waking up to a blast of winter weather. zbrt latest winter storm is going to have everything with it freezing rain, ice and heavy snow. >> reporter: that snow has already started to fall across the region including parts of oklahoma, arkansas, colorado and kansas. shovels around. then plows are already working but if the forecast holds they may not be able to keep up the pace. some areas expect blizzard conditions and accumulations of two feet or more before it's over. so before it gets that bad, many are making sure they stoblg up on supplies to ride out the storm. >> i live far enough out of town that it's not convenient and we have enough roads in the country that do get rather snowbound. >> reporter: some roads and highways are already slick, leading to accidents. and patrol officers warn it's going to get worse. >> if you don't need to go out, we are asking people to stay off the roadways, just because of the conditions that are deteriorating. >> rep
this is a perfect backdrop for him to push his gun control measures, it's a city that's done a lot to curb gun violence. as president obama pitches his gun control plan in minneapolis, more reaction to this white house photo, skeet shooting at camp david. critics are saying it's an obvious effort, as they put it, to pander to conservatives, making the point that the president supports the second amendment while pushing for gun-control measures. >> mark kelley argues checks must be expanded to keep guns away from mentally ill people. his wife was shot gabrielle giffords. >> he could have gone to a gun show or private seller and gotten a gun. >> this super bowl ad accused the nra of making a complete turn around on gun control checks. >> we think it's reasonable to provide mandatory instant criminal checks for every sale at every gun show. no loopholes anywhere for anybody. >> this was the nra ceo. >> the criminals are not going to comply. >> the group responsible for that super bowl ad was mayors against illegal guns, a group found by new york mayor michael bloomberg. >> a 25-year-old man is be
are predicting as much as a foot of snow. nbc's jay gray is in kansas city where the storm has already led to the cancellation of a popular golf tournament. jay, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, mara. bitter cold with the wind gusting at more than 20 miles an hour. snowflakes expected within the next few hours here. and forecasters warn at the height of the storm the snow could be falling at more than an inch every hour. this morning the midwest is waking up to a blast of winter weather. >> the latest winter storm has everything with it, freezing rain, some ice and heavy snow. >> reporter: that snow has already started to fall across the region including parts of oklahoma, arkansas, colorado and kansas. shovels are out and plows are already working, but if the forecast holds, they may not be able to keep up with the pace. some areas expect blizzard conditions and accumulations of two feet or more before it's over. so before it gets that bad, many are making sure they stock up on supplies to ride out the storm. >> i live far enough out of town that it's not convenient and we have en
in turkey are questioning 15 people in a death of a new york city mother whose body was found saturday in istanbul. she'd been vacationing in turkey. police say she was killed by an injury to the head. >>> in cuba, the public people got a closeup look at retired leader fidel castro. their first since 2010 as castry voted at a -- castro voted at a polling place in havana. >>> john kerry had a busy weekend talking to the leaders of israel, turkey, and japan. >>> the funeral of ed koch will be held today. he died at age 88. >>> a star in the all-american girls professional baseball league in the 1940s has died at the age of 88. she was an inspiration for the movie "a league of their own," and model played by the character played by geena davis. >>> the biggest tv spectacle of the year had all the drama of a great halftime show, brother versus brother, and super ads. did the 34-minute power outage hurt in the ratings? the audience numbers will be out later. a story worth keeping an eye on. >>> one company that took advantage of the power outage was nabisco. their oreo cookie tweeam tweete
the ancient city of luxor, south of cairo, an on board canister caused the balloon to plunge about 1,000 feet into a sugar cane field. the victims include tourists from china, japan, britain and france. >>> the reservation of the highest ranking catholic leader in britain said he will not vote at the upcoming enclave to pick the new pope. scotland's cardinal keith o'brien resigned. the vatican says pope benedict accepts the cardinals's resignation because he's near the age of 75, not because of accusations. >>> today marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic shooting death of 17-year-old trayvon martin. a million hoodie gathering is scheduleded here in new york city. the teen was shot by george zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer. zimmerman has pleaded not guilty. his trial is set to start in june. >>> in california, the search continues this morning for four people whose 29-foot sailboat disappeared off the coast of monterey. the distress call believed to be made by a man with his wife, son and a young cousin before they abandoned the sinking vessel. >> we are ban donning the ship.
moving into virginia and north carolina. we have torrential downfalls right now. you see new york city is at 33 degrees. that's going to be an area where we will see that snow start off as rain and then it changes in the back side of the storm. so most of today, it's okay in new york city but then it turns into tonight. we do are blizzard warnings in the bright pink here. that's an area where we could end up with two feet of snow. there's only really been four snowstorms with two feet of snow in boston. this could be the fifth one and a crippling storm. >> living up to the label historic. >> absolutely. >>> turning now to california where a massive manhunt has the los angeles area on virtual lockdown. the lapd even putting extra security at their headquarters because the spblgt used to be one of their own. christopher dorner is wanted in multiple shootings spanning six days. the 33-year-old said he's declaring war with the lapd after losing his job. according to his late and rambling manifesto, he wants to revenge until his name is clear. he writes the violence of action will be high.
of the passing of an icon, one of the city's and nation's most outspoken and popular politicians, ed koch has died of congestive heart failure. he served in world war ii and later was elected to three terms as mayor of new york city. ed koch dead at the age of 88. dramatic and contention day of testimony for senator charlie hagel. >> reporter: john mccain seized on hagel's opposition to the surge in iraq. >> the question is, are we right or wrong? that's a pretty straightforward question. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer. >> reporter: over his 2008 comments related to israel that a quote jewish lobby intimidate a lot of people in congress. >> name one person in your opinion who is intimidated by the israeli lobby in the united states senate. >> well, first -- >> name one. >> i don't know. >> reporter: hagel was repeatedly pressed by both democrats and republicans to make clear this point on israel. >> i strongly support israel. >> reporter: and clarified his stan on iran. >> by the way, i've just been handed a note that i misspoke. >> reporter: hagel said he fully backs t
on the roads is going to be just treacherous from areas like new york city up through hartford through providence, rhode island and over into boston too and moving into central and northern new england. it's coming in pieces. we have a lot of moisture network with and a lot of cold air moving in as well. blizzard warnings are posted all along the coast of new england with eastern massachusetts likely the area that will get hit the hardest with power outages, a lot of wind damage, wind gusts could be as high as about 60 to 65 miles per hour. you can see boston could end up with more than two feet of snow. new york city should be closer to six to ten inches and hartford 12 to 18. that's the east. out west we have some weather of your own from san francisco down into l.a. we have a lot of showers out that way and those will continue to affect the coast of l.a. temperatures will only be in the 40s and 50s on the elko, nevada could end up with a wintry mix. snow in the northeast and rain in california. it should wind down tomorrow. >> i would take the rain if i had a choice. >> so i would.
. >>> the "economist" released new rankings on the most expensive cities in the world. and tokyo and osaka came in first and second followed by sydney, australia, in third. as for american cities, l.a. and new york city are tied for number 27. >>> over the weekend, boeing got a dreamliner test flight off the ground. the first since the government put the 787s in a holding pattern while it investigates battery-related fires. >>> there is speculation swirling that apple is working on a spy-worthy watch. the gadget is said to feature curved glass to hug your wrist. >>> as we hope you all know -- valentine's day is this thursday. and the national retail federation predicts americans will spend more than $18 billion in total on presents for their moms, their wives, their children, and get this, $815 million of that will be spent on fido. >>> speaking of l'amour, only the french could dream of this one. this a web site offering business people and travelers easy access to short-term hotel rooms for intraday trysts or a quiet place to work. no need for credit card information. the web site touts la di
, all straight ahead. >>> plus, president obama takes his gun control message to the twin cities today as michael bloomberg sticks to the nra with a powerful ad. >>> plus, the 5-year-old hostage held hostage in alabama heads into the fifth day. >>> leon panetta said his catholic religion had an impact on his life and death decisions. >>> and rumors of muhammad ali's death are premature. we'll explain. death are premature. we'll explain. "early today" starts right now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> very good monday morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. we begin with a developing tragedy in southern california. a bus carrying a tour group from tijuana collided with two other vehicles on the highway west of los angeles killing eight and injuring more. authorities say the driver reported brake problems as the bus came down the mountain. it rear-ended a car before flipping and hitting a pickup truck that was hauling a trailer. passengers described the scene. >> starts to move so fast, and the people start screaming. >> two or three minutes swerving in and out? >> yeah
jersey outside of new york city. that's heading up into new england today. everyone in new england, be careful on the roads. a coating of ice before turning to rain later today. also, oh, yeah, the blizzard's ending in the northern plains. an amazing monday. amazing week of weather. that's a look at your national forecast. here a look at the weather out your window. today in boston, at least temperatures will get warmer so a lot of the sidewalks and roads will begin to improve. the issue is that we're probably going to have up to a half an inch of rain. of course we have all that weight on the roofs. we're worried about roof collapse. word to the wise, everyone in new england, if you can get out there, clean the snow off your roofs today. the rain will soak up like a sponge. we don't want roof collapse. >> now we'll have ice on top of it all. >> yeah. >> thanks. >>> a chopper shooting, a reality tv show crashes, proof of life on mars, and great news for investors. >>> joe paterno's widow fights back with a new report by the former pennsylvania governor and attorney general. "early
karins joins us. >> good snow yesterday from amarillo to oklahoma city. that's a storm we're tracking across the city. let's take a look at the big pattern across the country. as i showed you the storm we're dealing with in areas of oklahoma and especially amarillo will be the story of the focus. one thing we noticed yesterday, you may like this one, the mayor up in connecticut what asking people to come help shovel. he said he's offering minimum wage. this is for minimum wage. anyone who could do it could come. 500 people, 14 and older, showed up. maybe some of of them are a helping hand, maybe some made a little extra money. as far as this snow, not much impact as far as needing to be shoveled. but we are dealing with deep rain in the deep south. what is that, four days in a row, five days in a row with cloudy rainy weather in the deep south. it helps the drought in georgia. the northern ozarks, southern missouri, maybe a little snow, an inch or two. temperatures are above freezing so the roadways are a little wet. as far as that forecast for tonight as it makes its way to the mid-a
criticizing what happens after tonight's speech. president obama hits the road, three cities in three days to push his agenda. >> mr. president, if you're truly worried about this issue, why aren't you working with congress that we elected to prevent it? >> reporter: we'll likely hear more about that, richard, tonight. republican response being delivered by florida senator marco rubio. >> super bowl-like speech tonight. tracie potts, thank you. also brian williams and the entire nbc team will have complete coverage of president obama's state of the union and the republican reply as well. stick around for that. >>> many around the world are still stunned this morning by pope benedict's surprise announcement he's giving up the pa papacy. a papal abdication has not happened in six centuries. it's creating shock waves even from the sky. "the guardian" newspaper showing lightning hitting st. peter's basilica. chris jansing is in rome this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, richard. there's a lot of speculation here about what that lightning strike means. i can't give you a
city. >>> in south africa, it's looking like decision day for oscar pistorius. a judge is likely to rule today if the former olympic star will be released on bail pending a murder trial. he's back in court after a fourth day of hearings after a week full of allegations and twists. nbc's jim maceda joins us from london. what can we expect today? >> reporter: hi. the judge who is overseeing this bail hearing said he'll make an announcement very soon, probably within 30 to 45 minutes if s osr put pistons, the sprinter known to the world as the blade runner will be free on bail or will he stay in jail until that trial which could take months. both sides, the prosecution and defense have rested their case after four days that have seen a real momentum shift in pistorius' favor especially after yesterday's bombshell when we learned that the lead investigator laying out the case actually against pistorius is himself facing seven charges of attempted murder. the defense had already at that point forced the investigator to back down on many points even admitting pistorius' story is plausi
across portions of oklahoma, kansas city could end up with another six to 1 inches. we have snow in the pacific northwest, especially the mountain ranges. we're looking for smoed rate to heavy rain from seattle right down to portland, oregon and salem oregon as well. medford will see light rain. as far as rainfall is concerned an inch or two along the coast but the mountains could end up with another 12 or more inches of rainfall especially northwestern washington and idaho looks like we'll see six to 12 inches in the higher elevations as well. about 48 ded fallon, nevada, 53 for a high. so course the big story is another second blizzard in parts of the plains and the midwest but the northwest is getting their fair share of wintry weather too. >> ski season isn't over yet. >> not yet. >> how much are you spending on your home in today's business outlook plus controversy over why pope benedict xvi is stepping down and why afghanistan's order to remove special forces surprised washington. "early today" is back in two minutes. here are some stories we're watching. gas prices continu
hoodichltd e gathering is scheduled in new york city. he was shot and killed by george zimmerman, who has pleaded not guilty and claiming self-defense. his trial is set to start this june. >>> in california, the search continues this morning for four people whose 29-foot sailboat disappeared off the coast of monterey sunday. the coast guard released a distress call believed to be made by a man who was with his wife, son and a young cousin before they abandoned the sinking vessel. >> coast guard, coast guard, we are abandoning ship. we are abandoning ship. >> the bodiers said their electronics were failing and fashioning a make-shift raft. officials hope the call will lead to new information that can aid in the search. now dylan with the forecast. >> you saw the radar and that's a massive storm. just the second one in a week. the h heaviest snow falling across central missouri. wichita, kansas, has come in with the snowiest february on record. the last record was set 100 years ago. it's starting to clear out of kansas but it does look like missouri is going to be the jackpot for up to anot
of spirituality in a conpant that inside the vatican city. >> thanks so much for that report. >>> turning now to the weather, some connecticut residents are still digging out from this weekend's big blizzard. in hamden, they've been using heavy equipment as well as snowblowers and shovels to keep clear the streets of three feet of snow. some are upset that the secondary roads were not plowed. the storm is blame are for at least 18 deaths in u.s. and canada. for today's weather, we're joins by meteorologist bill karins. good morning, bill. >> good morning, we got rid of a little bit of that snow yesterday with rain and fog. in the middle of the country, areas that don't get a lot of snow, amarillo, it's starting to snow hard. north texas will get the snow first and then spread to oklahoma today and oklahoma city. looks like you're going to be shoveling tomorrow morning this time. here's where the rain is locate. winter storm warnings go from amarillo out into oklahoma into the winter storm watch. that's a winter weather advisory or winter storm warning shortly. and we are watching the possibil
to new york city is kind of a question mark. we have blizzard watches that have now been issued for areas of southern connecticut and that's new. last night, from boston to providence. so the i-95 corridor is the biggest area of concern for the heavy snow, the gusty winds, probably impossible travel on i-95. all of new england and much of new york state is under the winter storm watch. now, as far as our computers go, we're looking at the heaviest snowfall amounts. you're talking historic snows possibly in that i-95 corridor from the boston to providence corridor. about 20 inches of snow for this area. then a little less from new haven to new york city because we may get a winter mix during the day on friday. changing over to snow on the back side. as far as historic goes, the best chance of that happening, the coastal flooding, the damaging winds, hurricane force winds that would be on cape cod 'the i-95 corridor from boston to providence. if you're traveling there, you're not going to do it friday into saturday. that's a look at your national forecast. now here's a look at the weather o
off the coast. that's why we spared areas from new york city, d.c., philly, up there, even most of connecticut didn't see heavy snow. this was primarily just extreme eastern new england. this was a huge storm. this storm was a storm with some hurricanes, maybe stronger than some hurricanes. that's why it was windy through the northeast. still windy this morning. just gusted to 46 miles per hour. we're finally seeing the winds dying down around new york city, philly, hartford. gusty from providence northward. the winds will die down, but be thankful with the holiday kids aren't at the bus stop. windchills in the negative numbers through new england. minus five in august a. minus eight in albany. single digits from new york to philly to baltimore. you get the jist of it. not a pretty morning in new england. it was a miserable sunday. as far as the midwest goes, the next storm, this is an active pattern. we've got the next storm coming. there's another in the gulf of alaska that will be a more powerful storm swinging through the west into the middle of the country thursday. we'll s
over areas of salt lake city will strengthen heading throughout the weekend. that's a change in the weather pattern and a change in the wind direction for a few spots, including southern california as this high pressure begins to strengthen it is in a position to provide us with some of the santa ana winds. we'll see strong wind gusts in the mountains and canyons of southern california, 50 to 60 miles per hour, but it will also bring a much warmer temperature all the way to the coast. we'll watch that and dry it up there to the north. you do get warm. today is 76 in l.a. over the weekend we get to about 80 on saturday. it will be possibly cooler to the tail end of the weekend, but you get the just of it. the northwest some showers and breezy and warm in california. that's a look at your national flagstaff, arizona, nice today at 44. i think everyone in the west loves the nice, beautiful weather, but you do need the water for the summertime. >> you do. that's when they start to think about it because drought, right? we want to stay away from that. bill karins, thank you. >>> p
before the all-star break in the nba a rematch of last year's finals miami against oklahoma city. lebron james pouring in 39 points as the heat pounded the thunder 110-100. >>> to golf down under as kangaroos race across the course a new star jumps out at the lead at the australian women's open, 15-year-old lydia made incredible shots and putts. lydia was born in south korea and garn playing golf at 5 years old in new zealand. she is also the youngest player to win on the lpga tour. >>> daytona 500 on the 24th will dedicate a car to the 26 victims at sandy hook elementary school in connecticut. the number 26 car, driven by two-time daytona 500 winner michael waltrip also calls on fans to text donations to the newtown school support fund. >>> just ahead before you, bling, plus is bruce willis's nine lives about up with the latest installment of the diehard franchise? you're watching "early today." >>> welcome back to "early today" on this friday, looking at a beautiful weekend forecast in almost all areas of the west, even trying to warm up in the northwest. today sunglasses from utah
in midland city, the community came together for an early birthday celebration. ethan turned 6 on wednesday. kurt gregory, nbc news. >>> democrats on a retreat in maryland will get a visit from the president as he rallied support for his second term budget including automatic spending that kicks in march 1st. tracie potts has reaction from republicans. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. president obama is telling congress they got $85 billion in automatic cuts coming at the end of this month, they should work on a temporary fix while they're working on a permanent budget. but republicans say the focus really needs to be on even deeper spending cuts. and we also have a new forecast from the nonpartisan congressional budget office. they're saying that unemployment may remain high through 2014 and drop after that. but that we're looking at the smallest budget deficit since president obama has been in office, well under $1 trillion at $845 billion. and they say federal revenue, going up 25% in part because of that fiscal cliff deal. >>> well, a major decision expected from the b
, rescue workers are digging through the rubble of that mexico city oil company building looking for survivors after an explosion there. we have new video just into the newsroom. you can see the state-owned building is circled there. an arrow is going to come in and point to the explosion in one of the buildings next door. you'll see a quick flash in the distance. 25 people died. more than 100 hurt. some reports say another 100 could be injured and trapped inside. investigators are trying to determine if the explosion was accidental or a terrorist attack. the first two floors of the 51-story tower collapsed on thursday. this building is one of the city's tallest. as we get updates, we'll pass them along. at the live desk, melissa mollet, news 4. >>> we're on top of a developing story in alabama. negotiators are talking with the gunman who has been holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in a bunker for three days now. 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes stormed a school bus in midland city on tuesday. he took a boy named ethan into a bunker. investigators say the boy has medicine, crayons, colo
that was in there. eating a turkey sandwich and watching spongebob. >> reporter: tuesday night in midland city, the community came together for an early birthday celebration. ethan turned 6 on wednesday. >>> senate democrats on a retreat in maryland will get a visit from the president today as he rallies support for his second-term budget, including a request to delay automatic spending. nbc tracie potts has reaction from republicans and the latest nonpartisan budget forecast. good morning. >> richard, good morning. make that $85 billion worth of automatic spending cuts. the president says while congress works on a permanent budget, they need to delay these cuts by passing another temporary fix. but republicans really want to focus on spending cuts, not nearly enough of them, they say. also this morning, we have word from the nonpartisan congressional budget office that for the first time since president obama has been in office, we can see a deficit under $1 trillion. $884 billion is what they are suggesting. they think unemployment will go up through the next couple of years, but federal rev
the eastern seaboard as we go through a blizzard. it doesn't include the new york city area, but it does include almost all of southern new england. the blizzard watches are out here. again, 75-mile-per-hour winds with two feet of snow on the ground. just picture the blowing snow and the storm surge could be anywhere up to 3 to 6 feet. we're going to deal with houses getting battered by waves and unfortunately probably some destruction, too, here especially along the cape cod beaches. the official forecast calls for 18 to 24 inches in boston. even be boston standards, this is a historic storm. new york city will get freezing rain and rain mixing. that's why their total he are a lot less. as we return to the west coast, you dealt with your own storm that moves on shore in the theft. mostly rain, high elevation snow. this cold front is swinging down now through northern california with showers in the north of san francisco. this storm system is going to swell out, bringing unsettled weather to california as we go throughout the tail end of this week. here is a look at the radar. snow in th
has to go somewhere. so city crews have enlisted a snowzillo it's a snow melting machine that converts water into hot air. it's to melt the white stuff. they managed to clear 800 michaels roadway following last weekend's blizzard. >>> and now to chicago where 62 children from 23 countries took their oath and were sworn in as u.s. citizens. mayor rahm emanuel was the keynote speaker over the city's first ceremony dedicated solely to kids. >>> instate upset. michigan state versus michigan. number 8 hosted archrival number 4 michigan. it quickly turned into a rout with michigan state up 20 points. it's the first time in history that the two teams were in top ten as they faced each other and the spartans demolished my wolverines 75-52. >>> in gainesville, number 7 florida state undefeated at home and cruised to an easy win over number 25 kentucky, 69-52. and florida takes over first place in the southeast conference. >> baseball. feliz fernandez signs a seven year contract. he's the highest paid pitcher in baseball. >>> on the "tonight show," joe fisher set 17 records for free-throws. he's
alex smith will reportedly be traded to kansas city for draft picks. smith lost his starting job after suffering a concussion and his replacement was accused of leading the 49ers to a spot in the super bowl. >>> before the game between toronto last night, they were somehow able to keep their composure as the raptors' mccayle peachers started an enthusiastic and very funny dance routine. >>> just ahead, all things being equal, could spider-man's web actually stop the subway train. myth busters will answer that train. >>> plus, animal lovers or intimidators. did a gangster use these lions and bears as schools of intimidation or did he just love dangerous animals? details coming up. >>> welcome back. a rainy day, actually, heavy rain expected in washington state especially. it has really moved through along i-90 just south of spokane. as far as the rain goes, the heaviest will shift northwards as the day moves on. again, we expect a possibility of an inch or two north of seattle. the mountains avalanche watches are in effect and the biggest threat is the heavy rain and snow pack will weig
of the empire state building here in new york city last night bathed in red, white, and blue in honor of our commanders in chief past and present on this president's day. >>> okay, now some stories that caught our eye this morning. in north carolina, a 40,000-gallon ethanol tank burst into flames. officials believe the fire erupted from an explosion sparked by lightning. the blast rattled homes about two miles away and forced over 70 firefighters to battle 20 to 30-foot flames before the fire was extinguished. >>> in minneapolis a baby is recovering from a horrific attack. the 19-month-old was allegedly called the "n" word and slapped by a passenger during a plate to atlanta. the child's mother says joe rick hunley became irate over her son's crying. the 60-year-old has been arrested on federal assault charges and suspended from his job. >>> it was showtime in seattle for a litter of south african lion cubs. the two sisters and two brothers made their debut at the woodland park zoo. the 3-month-old siblings spent their first outing thrilling the crowd with their curiosity and exploring the e
or continuing into new orleans. the perfect city to hold such a big bash. a lot of people looking forward to the game. but as you talked about, a lot of people looking forward to a lot of things. for many, it's the ads that air on super sunday. we have a sneak peek of some you'll see. >> hey, son, have fun tonight. ♪ ♪ >> you know what this room needs? a smile. who wants to come with i? ♪ traveling along there's a song that we're singing come on get happy ♪ >> you guys are three minutes late. >> don't be no cloud on a sunny day? >> sir? >> rhythmic, man. >> that's the power of german engineering. >> reporter: funny, racy, raucous, ads a big draw on supersunday. also this weekend a very fitting tribute. there will be 26 students from sandy whom elementary, the home of the horrific attack that will be here and sing "america the beautiful" an anonymous donor paid to have them, their families and some of their staff flown to new orleans. that's it from the big easy. back to you. >>> well, for the first time since the inauguration, beyonce has broken her silence on the national anthem
: this time-lapsed video shows kansas city being swallowed by the snow. whiteout conditions across the midwest. >> it's crazy, i wasn't expecting this. maybe around christmas but not now. >> reporter: the harsh winds and heavy snow certainly no gift for those forced to deal with brutal conditions. >> it's not for me. >> reporter: terrible for just about everyone. snow in many places falling at two inches an hour. piling up too fast for shovels or plows to keep up. driving was next to impossible. even for some of the street crews. parts of i-70 were shut down because of the weather and so were airports across the region. >> i first walked in, i saw the line here and i said this cannot be good. >> reporter: deicing quickly gave way to hundreds of canceled flights, travelers stranded but this massive winter system is still on the move. >> well, this storm is not done as we head towards the end of the week the weekend we could see another substantial snow in new england. >> reporter: the next target for a storm that's already made a mess, that more than 30 million people are dealing with across 20
york. the cities itself can experience accumulations but some of the suburbs did report about an inch of snowfall. all gone. cape cod, a little snow left over. but even temperatures there aren't too bad. so what are we dealing with in the future. right now, we're watching cooler air pooling up through the hudson bay. right now, we're not seeing cold weather anywhere in the country. it's really not that bad for the middle of february. but this shot of cold air comes down. see that purple color highlighted there. it sneaks down from the north. it's not like that blast we saw three or four weeks ago, but it will have cha chunk of air with it. as far as the storm, because of that cold air off the east coast, that's where the storm is going to go. chilly in areas like detroit, with temperatures only in the 20s over the weekend. but we quickly warm it up. that's a look at your national forecast. now here's a look at the weather outside your window. sunshine today in birmingham, alabama, much more like it, after all that rainy weather we've seen lately. and also sunshine in texas. austin sho
. >>> in jerusalem, one frosty festival packed some flare. the historic city has opened its doors to the second international ice festival. sculptors from across the globe came to produce larger than life, bright pieces and amazing detail. modeled after the ice festival in china. >>> in france, some collectors are taking a wake down memory lane. paris set the stage for the first ever toy auction. while there was plenty of "star wars" gear prices were truly out of this world with some listed for up to $24,000. they got to want those toys pretty bad. >>> the water skiing squirrel is back with an interesting new message. twiggy has entertained for more than three decades, but when his owner died in a boating accident the show was shut down. well, requests for twiggy's return inspired the widowed owner to start up again with a safety twist. twiggy rides behind a toy motor boat, but it's part of an act to encourage kids to learn to swim safely. did we say three decades? do squirrels live that long? >> it's one of those deals. it's the same squirrel. >> i don't know what you're talking about, bill. >
>> those in the area reported smelling gas the moments leading up to the explosion but city officials say they have to investigate further before any cause can be determined. >>> in south africa today, another emotional day in court for track star oscar pistorius. it's day two of the bail hearing for the former olympian who is accused of murdering his model girlfriend. prosecutors argue the crime was premeditated while defense lawyers say it was a terrible misunderstanding. jim ma -- meceda joins us live. >> reporter: the prosecution is expected to bring in more detas to support its contention that pistorius killed his girlfriend of three months, reeva steenkamp in cold blood, deliberately firing those four shots through his toilet room door behind which reeva steenkamp was cowering. pistorius should not be released on bail. the defense rejects this position. yesterday pistorius's defense lawyer reading from an affidavit painted a different picture of a loving but very vulnerable man who received death threats in the early morning hours of february 149 and without his legs o
of 58-41. after weeks of delay by senators. >>> hundreds held a vigil in new york city last night on the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of 17-year-old trayvon martin. in sanford, florida. his parents tracy martin and sybina fulton led a moment of silence and actor jamie foxx spoke about what they've gone through. >> everyone out there, all over the world, keep in your prayers this family because it's tough for them because they have to breathe in front of you and that's a tough thing to do when the camera's constantly on you. >>> and in california, the search has been called off for a sailboat that reportedly sank with two adults and two children on board. they found no boat or people and said the distress calls may have been a hoax. >>> turning to stocks on tuesday, experts warn it could be a bumpy road ahead. today, keep an eye on anheuser-busch inbev. the brewery is in hot water ahead of this morning's earnings after numerous lawsuits claiming its iconic beers are watered down. the suits are based on information from several former employees. >>> also keep an eye on
before the all-star break in the nba, a rematch of last year's finals. miami against oklahoma city. and lebron james scored in 39 points as the heat pounded the thunder. 110-100. >>> moving to golf down under as kangaroos race across the course. a new star jumped out to the lead at the australian women's open. 15-year-old oliviaco made some incredible putts. she's also the youngest player to win on the lpga tour. >>> and the daytona 500 on february 24th will feature a car dedicated to the 26 victims of the shootings at sandy hook elementary school in connecticut. the number 26 car driven by two-time daytona 500 winner michael waltrip also calls on fans to text donations to the newtown school support fund. >>> just ahead, seth is showered in bling. >>> plus, is bruce willis' nine lives just about up in the latest installment of the "die hard" franchise? you're watching "early today." >>> welcome back. here's what you need to know about the upcoming weekend forecast. holiday weekend, by the way. we're watching the rain if florida. then the colder air and a little bit of a clipper sys
. today, areas like new york city, chance of showers, it will be afternoon. that cold front will go through later on tonight. charlotte, north carolina, that snow over the weekend, a distant memory, temperatures today in the low 50s with showers. into an active weather pattern, still looks like wednesday and thursday big storm in the middle of the country. >> thanks so much, bill. >>> just ahead, first lady michelle obama talks about what reaching middle age made her do. >>> plus, details on a whopper of a hacking as burger king's twitter account gets targeted. "early today" returns in two minutes. >>> welcome back. to "early today." here are some other stories making news this morning. >>> well, almost 150 years late, but mississippi has officially ratified the 15th amendment to abolish slavery. the move comes after the oscar nominated film "lincoln." >>> law make ares in colorado have taken the first step towards enacting the gun control measures. the state house approved measures calling for universal background check et cetera and ban on the magazine clips of more than 15 rounds
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